To rebuild or not
August 16, 2019
The recent decision concerning the Alva pool reminds us of the dilemma over the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral whose entire roof and spire were destroyed by fire. While the degradation of the City Pool took place over decades, with temporary improvements aimed at compliance, Notre Dame was irreparably damaged overnight.
The cathedral, begun nearly 1,000 years ago, would not meet current code requirements if rebuilt as original, and, to quote Vienne Walt/Paris, “The discussion cuts to France’s most sensitive matters of history and culture, class and political ideology, with question...